About five years ago I became suddenly and violently ill

About five years ago I became suddenly and violently ill. Although the disease was never diagnosed, the symptoms were of a ruptured appendix. I suffered for a number of days, and then one night around midnight, when in particularly great pain, I made two decisions. First, I determined that I would not turn to medical aid even though I was tempted to believe I might be dying. I would continue to put my faith in the Christian Science method of healing and no other. Second, I knew that the dedicated Christian Science practitioner who was praying for me was doing his work thoroughly, and I decided that I would express gratitude by praying scientifically for myself as best I could, until morning.

Immediately after these two decisions were made I felt a sudden, powerful conviction that matter cannot be sentient, and so pain is always a mistaken mental concept. I saw that the physical body can't initiate or communicate pain, because it is mindless matter. There is only one Mind, and that is God. Divine Mind communicates only good and initiates freedom and harmony. A feeling of peace came over me, even though the discomfort did not lessen. All night long I retained this wonderful, peaceful sense. I lost all fear of the pain, and although it was several weeks before the healing was complete, I never again felt afraid of the supposed disease. This healing has been permanent.

At one time I was suddenly stricken with a crippling condition that affected almost my entire body. I could move only with great difficulty, and it was impossible to be comfortable in any position. For about two months I was seldom free from pain.

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Testimony of Healing
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August 6, 1979

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